Majoring in Anthropology

Anthropology Certificate


Anthropology is the exploration of the human condition. In coursework, individual study and field schools, you examine an astonishing range of human experience across space and time. Our curriculum incorporates a wide variety of themes in cultural anthropology as well as archaeology, and you can pursue a geographic specialization in Africa, the Caribbean, Europe, South America or North America. Your work will give you rich insights into our increasingly interconnected, globalized world. It will prepare you for a variety of careers, too. Our students go on to graduate school for anthropology and related disciplines, and they pursue work in higher education, business, law, human rights and many other fields.

Special opportunities

Many anthropology majors pursue a second major or a minor in another field, drawing connections between such diverse fields as art, art history, biology, botany, economics, English, Hispanic studies, international relations and psychology. A number of students are accepted to the College’s interdisciplinary centers, where they focus on international studies, the environment or public policy.

Internships and service learning

Anthropology majors have recently completed semester-long academic programs in Australia, Brazil, China, Greece, Denmark, England, Germany, Ireland, Israel, India, Italy, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, Syria and Vietnam. Areas of research have included food security, organic farming, museum outreach and education, and heritage management. We encourage students to pursue research-intensive field programs; credits for some can be applied to the major.

What can you do with a majorcertificate in Anthropology?

Here are some of the positions our graduates have gone on to hold:

  • Field Director, Hartgen Archaeological Associates Inc.
  • Highway Archaeology Collections Specialist, Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
  • Principal, Rivanna Archaeological Services LLC
  • Creative Director, Movidea Inc.
  • Program Coordinator, Massachusetts Cultural Council
  • Producer, Bloomberg Television
  • Staff Archaeologist, Massachusetts Historical Commission
  • Associate Analyst, Congressional Budget Office
  • Spanish teacher, Brooklyn Latin School
  • Technical Adviser, Farmigo Inc.
  • Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Kentucky
  • Climate Change Communications Coordinator, CARE International
  • Curator, Brooklyn Museum
  • Director, Howard Dean Education Center
  • Economic Development, The Beacon Council
  • Managing Associate General Counsel, U.S. Government Accountability Office
  • Program Director, AmeriCorps VISTA
  • Research Scientist, Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.
  • Senior Overseas Operations Coordinator, National Educational Travel Council
  • Vice President for Planning & Environmental Review, Empire State Development Corp.


Joyce Bennett, Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Joyce Bennett, Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Language revitalization • Ethnicity and identity performance • Migration • Gender and sexuality • Social movements

Catherine Benoit, Professor of Anthropology

Catherine Benoit, Professor of Anthropology
Migration and border reinforcement • Anthropology of gardens and landscape • Health inequalities • Areas of interest: Haiti, Sint Maarten, Guadeloupe, European overseas territories

Jeffrey Cole, Professor of Anthropology, Anthropology Department Chair, Spring 2015

Jeffrey Cole, Professor of Anthropology, Anthropology Department Chair, Spring 2015  (On sabbatical Fall 2014)
Food and agriculture • Migration • Race and ethnicity

Seema Golestaneh, C3 Postdoctoral Fellow, Anthropology

Seema Golestaneh, C3 Postdoctoral Fellow, Anthropology
Iran • Anthropology of religion • Alternative Islamic discourse • Politics of cultural heritage in Iran • Anthropological and aesthetic theory • Intersections of literary criticism and cultural theory.

Anthony Graesch, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Anthropology Department Chair, Fall 2014

Anthony Graesch, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Anthropology Department Chair, Fall 2014
Archaeological anthropology • Household archaeology • Archaeological method • Urban ethnoarchaeology • Experimental archaeology • Pacific Northwest Coast • California

Christopher Steiner, Lucy C. McDannel '22 Professor of Art History, Chair of Art History and Architectural Studies

Christopher Steiner, Lucy C. McDannel '22 Professor of Art History, Chair of Art History and Architectural Studies
African art and material culture • Art market and collecting • Images of race and "otherness" in visual culture • Offbeat museums and visionary art • Censorship and museum controversies

Student profile

Zoe Lieb Zoe Lieb


Q: Why Connecticut College?
A: I was impressed by the science facilities and the Arboretum. I was drawn to a liberal arts education because I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted to do – learn from nature, grow academically, build analytical skills – but there was so much I was still waiting to figure out.

Q: Why did you decide to study anthropology?
A: After taking an introductory anthropology class and another class called "Human Origins," I realized that anthropology was the missing link in my intellectual experience. Through the department I’ve built relationships with professors of many different backgrounds, uncovered connections and interests I never knew existed, and pursued my own independent study with a solid network of resources behind me.

Q: Did you study abroad?
A: I went to Queensland, Australia, with School for Field Studies (SFS) in the fall of my junior year. It was probably my most formative experience yet. The center was 2.5 km into a World Heritage Site rainforest, one of the last in Australia. I explored the issues facing nearby rural communities. The College made going abroad a complete no-brainer: no matter your major, financial situation or other obligations, a semester abroad is within reach.

Selected courses

  • Ethnobotany
  • Environmental Anthropology
  • Cultivating Change
  • Worlds of Food
  • Urban Ethnoarchaeology
  • Experimental Archaeology
  • Ruins in the Forest: Archaeology of the Arboretum
  • Imagining Otherness in Visual Culture
  • Authenticity in Art and Culture


Student research


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